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Public office eligibility could change soon

New efforts are in place to make sure people who take office are law abiding individuals.

Texas District 87 Representative Four Price says he is introducing a bill to give residents more confidence in elected officials.

House Bill 728 had a hearing Monday before the Elections Committee. In addition to prohibiting convicted felons from running for public office, this bill would also bar those with deferred adjudication for a felony.

Price says an example in our area is when a person ran for city council in Skellytown and was a registered sex offender. That individual had a sentence for deferred adjudication for one or more charges.

He says, "There was quite a bit of outcry regarding, you know, whether or not the election code should bar an individual who's not only convicted of a felony, but one who has served a sentence of deferred adjudication."

If the person completes deferred adjudication successfully by having a clean record throughout the period of time they were given, they would no longer be able to run for public office with this bill.

The bill is awaiting a vote from the committee for a potential vote on the house floor.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10. 

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